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Work to prepare Ridpath Hotel condos continues

The 12th and 13th floors of the building have long been considered for privately owned condos, but only recently did permits get issued for the 12th floor, which will have 14 units and see nearly $500,000 in renovation work.

Then and Now: Ridpath Motor Inn

A motor inn catering to America’s generation of car travelers opened in 1963 on the site of what used to be the historic Spokane Hotel. The Ridpath Motor Inn had underground parking, a pool, 70 rooms and a skywalk across First Avenue.

Then and Now: Blalock Building

John B. Blalock, born 1856 in Sevier County, Tennessee, was one of Spokane Falls’ early settlers, arriving in 1879, after stops in Oregon and Walla Walla.

Shawn Vestal: Hammers ready to swing inside the Ridpath

You might have been forgiven for thinking it would never happen. The storied Ridpath Hotel – a downtown fixture for more than a century – had fallen into such a state since its closure in 2008 that it was reported to the city as unsafe. Transients moved in and out. Garbage piled up inside and in doorways. Graffiti and disrepair became the primary decorative characteristics. It stank.

Shawn Vestal: Two visions of Ridpath’s future still battling to take control of shuttered hotel

It is only natural that the long, strange trip that has unfolded over the past several years at the Ridpath Hotel would continue to get longer and stranger. Two potential buyers, each with much different designs for the building, have been vying in a Nevada bankruptcy court for ownership of a key piece of the long-closed downtown hotel – the tower floors with most of the hotel rooms.

Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago The Rev. James D. Crooks, 64, of Troy, Idaho, was arrested on murder charges in the death of his wife, Eliza L. Crooks, 64. Crooks told police he found his wife, a Spokane pioneer, dead in their bedroom. However, he subsequently told conflicting stories of how he found his wife, why her body was covered with bruises and why his face was covered with scratches.